I am interested if anyone can tell me ? How does a smart tv with its own layout work with a shaw set top box which also has it's own layout?
Is it pointless to have a smart tv when shaw will just over ride it?
A "Smart TV" is usually the designation of a TV that has it's own apps or the availability of internet-enabled services. This doesn't necessarily correlate to that of Shaw's guide and menu. A smart TV doesn't mean that it uses it's own guide, it means it has it's own subset of features. Often these features can be overlayed on top of whatever content is existing, other features (generally the Apps) have their own interface.
I think the best way to think about it is like a different input. When you change inputs on your TV, it's to access the other devices connected to your TV. Likewise, when you access, say, the YouTube app of your TV you will be switching to the YouTube input which will show it's interface instead of Shaw's. When using these dedicated apps, you wouldn't be able to watch TV simultaneously unless the TV supported a kind of picture-in-picture or splitscreen viewing.
Other informational features of smart TV's usually involve social media and I've often seen them being able to be overlayed. That is, your TV can bring them into view regardless of what else is on the screen. Some people use this to follow a sports event reaction on Twitter while watching the game on TV. These features would overlay onto the Shaw picture because the TV isn't "changing inputs" as it were.
I guess to answer your question, I think you are assuming that using a smart TV means you won't need the Shaw menu or guide, but the designation of "Smart TV" isn't quite that. It's not smart in that it controls your devices and it's not smart in that it knows what programming is going to be on. It's smart in that it's an interconnected device that provides you apps and features to improve your overall viewing experience. It comes from the same terminology branch as smartphones; devices that are augmented by additional services and features.
You'll still need to control your Shaw box features with the Shaw menu, subsequently you'll still use the Shaw guide to view what is upcoming. With a smart TV though, you'll be able to augment your viewing experiences by integrating new technologies and features into your entertainment digest.
Thats not entirely true.My Samsung LED comes with ir blaster that faces the hd box but i use the smart tv interface along with the actual guide in the smart tv interface to select the channels. I sends the ir command to do the switching. henece when setting up the smart tv it asks your provider etc so it pulls guide data from the net.
i prefer the smart tv guide as its more in depth.
That's cool! I haven't experienced any with IR extension like that before. Don't mind being proven wrong for technology.
A smart tv also allows you to, for example, browse the internet, save bookmarks or favourites, watch utube videos, search using search engines like google or yahoo. Think of it as a computer where your wireless router is the cpu and the screen is a large video monitor. The built in apps are sort of shortcuts to various media.
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